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Peter J. Devlin column: The art of vulgarity

5:15 PM, Aug. 16, 2013
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The words we use to speak unkindly about a person, place or thing have been reduced to a few four-letter vulgarities in the last 20 years or so. There was a time, not that long ago, when speaking unkindly was much more elegant.

In the English speaking world, the "F-word" was pretty much spoken only by soldiers, sailors and dockworkers. SNAFU is an acronym coined by the foot soldiers of World War II to describe the way things usually worked in the armed services. It stood for "Situation Normal, All Fouled Up," except that other F-word usually replaced "Fouled."

I recalled the first time I heard that ...

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